Trump Can’t Run Again, Says Former UN Envoy Nikki Haley

 

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Donald Trump cannot run for the presidency again and Republicans were wrong to support his campaign to reverse the 2020 election results, his former ambassador to the UN and a longtime loyalist Nikki Haley said in an interview published Friday.

Haley, a fervent backer of the ex-president now on trial in the Senate for encouraging insurrection, told Politico Magazine that she is “deeply disturbed” by what has happened to Trump since his election defeat to Joe Biden.

“He’s not going to run for federal office again,” Haley, who served as Trump’s envoy to the United Nations from 2017-2018, said.

The former South Carolina governor dismissed speculation that, to avenge his defeat and second impeachment, Trump will return to seek the presidency in 2024.

“I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture,” she said.

“I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.”

Haley also criticized the Republican Party for supporting Trump’s campaign to reverse the election, which led to the shocking January 6 attack on Congress by his supporters.

“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she told Politico.

“He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him,” she said.

“And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

Haley confirmed to Politico that she is considering her own run for the presidency in 2024, and said she had not spoken to Trump since January 6.

She suggested that Trump’s legions of followers, who believed his claims of election fraud and who blame the Capitol attack on the left, need reeducation.

“They’ve been lied to by everybody,” she said.

The comments came out as Trump’s Senate trial for inciting insurrection entered its fourth day, with his defence lawyers preparing to rebut scathing evidence presented by Democratic prosecutors that the January 6 attack was the culmination of a deliberate campaign by the former president to foment violence.

With Trump still a heavyweight influence in their party, most Republican senators — including several themselves already setting the groundwork for a 2024 run — are expected to remain loyal, assuring he will not be convicted.

But eyes are on just how many will accept the evidence and vote to convict him, siding with Democrats to condemn his behaviour.

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Nikki Haley Resigns As Trump’s UN Ambassador

File Photo – OCTOBER 9, 2018: It has been reported that Nikki Haley has resigned as the United States ambassador to the United Nations. WASHINGTON, DC – April 24 Photo: CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Nikki Haley resigned on Tuesday as the US ambassador to the United Nations, in the latest departure from President Donald Trump’s national security team.

Meeting Haley in the Oval Office, Trump said that Haley had done a “fantastic job” and would leave at the end of the year.

“She told me probably six months ago,” Trump told reporters, ‘”I want to take a little time off.'”

Haley stayed coy on her reasons for quitting, saying only that it was “important to understand when it’s time to stand aside.”

But she insisted that she was not planning to run for president herself against Trump in 2020 when she would likely be seen as a moderate Republican alternative.

The former governor of South Carolina, Haley took the job with little experience in foreign policy but quickly became the full-throated voice at the United Nations for the often unpopular agenda of Trump.

Haley has pressed for a hawkish line on Iran, justified US cuts to foreign assistance and earlier this year led the United States in bolting from the UN Human Rights Council, accusing it of bias against Washington and Israel.

At the recent UN General Assembly session, Haley took the highly unusual step for a senior diplomat of joining street protesters against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, shouting from a megaphone that the leftist leader should leave office.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley had long been seen as a rising star in the Republican Party which has eagerly sought female and ethnic minorities to broaden the appeal beyond its traditional white demographic.

Haley, whose given name was Nimrata Randhawa, was elected governor in 2010 of deeply Republican South Carolina and, during the 2016 campaign, had criticized Trump over his remarks on immigrants before their political reconciliation.

Haley’s is the latest resignation in a turbulent White House, where Trump is already on his third national security adviser and second secretary of state before even the midterm elections.

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US Accuses Russia Of ‘Cheating’ On North Korea Sanctions

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listens during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

 

The United States on Monday accused Russia of “cheating” on UN sanctions against North Korea with plans for a railway project, oil transfers and ongoing business dealings with Pyongyang.

Russia shot back and charged that Washington was blocking steps to foster cooperation between North and South Korea and using a UN sanctions committee “as a select channel to punish” North Korea.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told a Security Council meeting that the United States has evidence of “consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations” of the tough economic penalties imposed on North Korea.

Sanctions “cannot be an end in itself,” Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia responded. “You should, instead of creating roadblocks, promote the inter-Korean cooperation and dialogue,” he told Haley.

The raucous meeting highlighted divisions between the United States, which is pushing for sanctions to be fully enforced on North Korea, and Russia, which argues that incentives must be offered to Pyongyang to move forward.

Led by the United States, the council last year adopted three sets of wide-ranging sanctions aimed at cutting off revenue to North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

Haley said Russia had been “cheating” despite supporting UN sanctions resolutions.

“Step by step, sanction by sanction, and time and time again, Russia is working across the board to undermine the sanctions regime,” she said.

The United States maintains that UN sanctions which have dealt a blow to North Korea’s economy must remain in place until Pyongyang has completely scrapped its nuclear weapons and military programs.

The row over UN report 

Russia wants to develop railway links between North and South Korea to export coal from its Far East region and reach South Korean ports, Haley said.

Russia also blocked a US move to blacklist Russian ships allegedly involved in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of refined oil to North Korea and is refusing to expel a North Korean operative, Haley said.

In a rebuttal, Nebenzia said the plan for rail links was not in violation of sanctions resolutions and rejected accusations of a Russian ship involved in oil transfers.

He said Russia had asked for further information from the United States on the North Korean national.

The council meeting was called by the United States after a report by an independent UN panel of experts was amended under pressure from Russia to remove sections that deal with Russian businesses.

The United States blocked the release of the report on the implementation of sanctions in protest at the changes in the latest version.

China called for UN sanctions to be enforced but recalled that resolutions allow for a lifting of the punitive measures if there is progress toward denuclearization.

Chinese Ambassador Mao Zhaoxu said, “confrontation is a dead-end” and diplomacy must be “actively” promoted to bring an end to the standoff on the Korean peninsula.

China and Russia have argued that North Korea should be rewarded with the prospect of eased sanctions for opening up dialogue with the United States and halting missile tests.

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Israel Acted With Restraint In Gaza, Says U.S.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listens during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

 

The US ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday told an emergency Security Council meeting on the violence in Gaza, that ally Israel had acted with restraint in the face of provocation from Hamas.

“No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has,” Nikki Haley told the Security Council. “In fact the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained,” she said.

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Nikki Haley Hits Back At White House

FILE COPY United States’ Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listens during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.     Photo Credit: HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

 

US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday shot back at a White House aide who suggested that “confusion” had led her to mistakenly announce fresh sanctions on Russia.

“With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” Haley said in a statement to Fox News that was confirmed by the US mission to the United Nations.

Haley on Sunday said new US sanctions on Russia would be announced on Monday by US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, but the White House said no such decision had been made.

President Donald Trump’s assistant for economic policy, Larry Kudlow, told reporters that Haley “got ahead of the curve” with her announcement of sanctions on Russia over an alleged chemical attack by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria.

“There might have been some momentary confusion about that,” Kudlow told reporters ahead of a meeting between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

A former governor of South Carolina who has been a leading voice on foreign policy since taking over as US ambassador to the United Nations, Haley has taken a hard line on Russia.

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U.S. Evidence On Yemen Missiles Is ‘Fabricated’, Says Iran

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Iran on Thursday dismissed evidence presented by US Ambassador Nikki Haley that it had supplied Yemen’s rebels with a missile fired at Saudi Arabia as “fabricated,” saying the accusations were baseless.

“This purportedly evidence, put on public display today, is as much fabricated as the one presented on some other occasions earlier,” said Alireza Miryousefi, spokesman at Iran’s mission to the United Nations.

Haley told a news conference in Washington that a missile fired on November 4 by the Huthi rebels that was intercepted near Riyadh airport was Iranian-made.

“It was made in Iran then sent to Huthi militants in Yemen,” Haley said.

“From there it was fired at a civilian airport with the potential to kill hundreds of innocent civilians in Saudi Arabia.”

Iran “categorically” rejects the accusation “as unfounded and, at the same time, irresponsible, provocative and destructive,” Miryousefi said in a statement.

“The US government has an agenda and is constantly at work to deceive the public into believing the cases they put together to advance it,” he added.

The Iranian mission said the accusations leveled by Haley were intended to divert attention from the devastating war in Yemen being led by Saudi Arabia, a key US ally.

“These hyperboles” serve the US agenda in the Middle East including the administration’s “unbridled support for the Israeli regime,” said the spokesman.

A confidential report to the council this month said UN officials had examined debris from missiles fired at Saudi Arabia which pointed to a “common origin” but there was no firm conclusion on whether they came from an Iranian supplier.

The report from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, which was obtained by AFP, said the officials were still analyzing the information.

A separate team of UN experts who inspected the missile fragments during a visit to Riyadh last month found a possible link to an Iranian manufacturer, the Shahid Bagheri Industrial Group, which is on the UN sanctions blacklist.

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The experts, who report to the sanctions committee, found a component marked by a logo similar to that of the banned group, which is a subsidiary of the Iranian Aerospace Industries Organization.

Haley has called on the UN Security Council to take a tougher stance toward Iran, accusing Tehran of making illegal arms deals in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels in Yemen imposed a blockade of Yemen’s air and sea ports and borders after the missile was fired at Riyadh, citing concerns that weapons were being smuggled into Yemen.

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Huthi Missile Fired At Saudi Was ‘Made In Iran’ – Haley

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. photo/ Albert Gonzalez Farran / AFP / AFP

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Thursday that a missile fired by Huthi militants at Saudi Arabia last month had been made in Iran.

“It was made in Iran then sent to Huthi militants in Yemen,” Haley said of the missile.

“From there it was fired at a civilian airport with the potential to kill hundreds of innocent civilians in Saudi Arabia.”

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Trump Envoy Pushes For End To Brutal South Sudan War

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley talks to staff members of the US embassy in Juba, South Sudan, on October 25, 2017. Albert Gonzalez Farran / Albert Gonzalez Farran / AFP / AFP

The United States’ ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, visited Juba on Wednesday, seeking a solution to a nearly four-year conflict that has created a devastating humanitarian crisis.

Haley, the most senior official sent to Africa by the Trump administration, is on a tour that has also taken her to Ethiopia and will include the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After meeting with President Salva Kiir, Haley said the US was disappointed with the state of South Sudan, after investing $11 billion (nine billion euros) in the country under Kiir’s leadership.

“We are disappointed by what we are seeing, this is not what we thought we were investing in. What we thought we were investing in is a free and fair society where people could be safe, and South Sudan is the opposite of that,” Haley told local radio.

“But we are not going to give up on the South Sudanese people, we are here to fight for them, we are here to help, to do whatever we have to to make peace and security become a permanent part of South Sudan,” she added.

There was no comment from Kiir after the meeting.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (C) looks on with US Africa commander, General Thomas D Waldhauser (2L) as she meets President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir (2R) at The President Office in Juba, South Sudan on October 25, 2017, as part of a one day visit to the country. ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN / AFP

Haley said last month she wanted to salvage a tattered 2015 peace deal that collapsed in July last year, as regional mediators launch a fresh bid to “revitalise” the agreement.

South Sudan won independence in 2011. However, war erupted in December 2013 when Kiir accused his former deputy, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup.

Initially, a war pitting ethnic Dinka supporters of Kiir against Machar’s Nuer people, the conflict has since metastasized to include different groups and local interests.

Last week the regional Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said it had finished consultations with a wide range of parties and is expected to announce a new round of peace talks.

Brian Adeba of the Enough Project advocacy group that closely follows the South Sudan conflict, told AFP that the new peace push came as the government was particularly “intransigent to peace”.

“It believes it has won the war, it has taken a lot of territory and the opposition is not in a position to retaliate,” he said.

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State Of The Union: Obama stresses US strength

obamaThe United States President, Barack Obama, has vigorously defended his legacy while striking an optimistic note for America’s future in his final State of the Union address.

President Obama criticised the negative tone of the current presidential race, arguing the US has the “strongest, most durable economy in the world”.

“Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction,” Mr Obama told lawmakers in Washington.

And South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, said in the party’s official response his record “had fallen short of his soaring words”.

President Obama’s speech to Congress highlighted what he saw as his achievements in office, such as health reform.

The BBC reported that this will be an address remembered not for its policy prescriptions, but for its upbeat assessment of how much better America is today than when Obama came to office.

President Obama focused on the need to tackle income inequality, use technology to combat climate change and maintain national security while not becoming mired in foreign conflicts.

Charleston Shooting Suspect Charged

charlestonThe 21-year-old Dylann Roof, who is believed to have shot dead nine people at a historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina, makes his first court appearance on Friday via video link.

Police said he has been charged with nine counts of murder and one weapons possession charge.

South Carolina’s Governor, Nikki Haley, said the 21-year-old should face the death penalty if convicted.

Mr Roof was detained more than 200 miles away in North Carolina and flown back to Charleston.

Reports say the victims of the shooting included a state Senator.

America’s President, Barack Obama, while speaking on Thursday, described the event as yet another tragedy caused by guns in the society.

President Obama said Americans had to confront the fact that frequent incidents of gun violence do not occur in other advanced countries.

He also said that he and his wife, Michelle, knew Reverend Clementa Pinckney who was killed along with eight others on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the Police are treating the killings as a hate Crime.